|The San Pedro Elks Lodge suffered a devastating fire Tuesday morning. (photo: Chris Villanueva)|
Counter-Terrorism Section, in coordination with detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Criminal Conspiracy Section, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, announced the arrest of 78-year-old Nick Pecarich, of San Pedro, in connection to the April 15 Greater Alarm structure fire at the San Pedro Elks Lodge.
Pecarich was arrested without incident early Tuesday afternoon and was booked at the LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center for violation of Penal Code Section 451(c), Arson of a structure. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for filing of formal criminal charges.
As LAFD arson investigators and their law enforcement counterparts are continuing the investigation into this crime, no further details will be released at this time.
Pursuant to a request from the District Attorney’s office to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, a booking photo will not be released at this time.
The LAFD wishes to thank the local community for its cooperation and assistance following this fire and during the course of the investigation. Community involvement often plays a key role in the aftermath of significant incidents, and this investigation benefited from that involvement.
The LAFD considers arson a serious crime. We will work diligently in all cases of arson to thoroughly investigate, arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.